Skip to content

Press Here to Exit

Yesterday, after I blogged about prosperity, I had a great day. I meditated on the word and everything I put my hand to prospered, just like Psalm 1 promised.

How blessed is the man who does not
walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!

But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.

He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.

Psalms 1:1-3

So I decided to do a little experiment.

Late in the day, I decided that rather than glory in my wonderful Lord and Savior, I would feel sorry for myself. A couple of stupid circumstances that were out of my control, or perhaps I should say were the result of my inaction, got up in my face and said to me:

“Isn’t life unfair?”

Well, I decided to agree with them for a bit –
just as an experiment you understand
in the interest of science
for you, my readers

And I am happy to report back to you that the Bible is exactly correct! (who would have thunk it, eh?)

It was as though these little, stupid (can I say stupid in a G rated blog?) circumstances had a 200 horse power leaf blower and they pointed it right at my day’s prosperity.

All my joy blew out of the room.
All of my motivation seemed to be tumbling toward the door with it.
My productivity, my focus, my drive, my plan all cycloned together and exited, stage left.

The wicked are not so,
But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

Psalms 1:4-5

To test my theory just a little further, I went to bed with my eyes directly on my own plight – self-pity central.

You won’t believe what happened!

When I woke up I was right there in my funk. Can you believe it? A good night sleep didn’t clear things up at all.

So here is the big secret.

The gates that lead to the presence of the Lord, where there is ample joy, pleasure, productivity, prosperity and life for all of us to enjoy, say “To enter be THANKFUL”

Inside those gates there is one of those automatic door buttons with a sign above it that says “press here to exit.” The button itself read “Self-Pity.”

The great news is that I did eventually wise up, get up off the ground where I had been rolling in – well – you know – shook myself and began to thank God for everything I could think of.

And here’s the best part – I could here His voice almost immediately – “Welcome back son, how did that work out for you.”

Ben NelsonThanks for coming by today.

See you again soon.

Ben

8

Have you noticed that prosperity has become a bad word in church? Saying “I believe that a Christian should prosper” is almost as unwelcome in some congregations a fund-raising drive.

And yet I read in the first of David’s wonderful psalms:

And in whatever he does, he prospers. - Psalms 1:3

Here it is in context

How blessed is the man who does not
walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!

But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.

He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.

Psalms 1:1-3

Today, I would like for you to consider what it would look like for what you are going to do today to prosper.

Many who read this will probably be writing today. What would it look like for what you write to prosper? How about this:

I pray the person or people I am writing for would read what I write.
I pray they would hear it the way I intend it,
they would not misconstrue my intentions, or misinterpret my words.
I pray it would encourage one tempted to despair
I pray it would heal a broken heart
I pray it would enlighten someone’s path
I pray it would convict a hardened heart
I pray it would turn someone from a bad choice
I pray it would stir hope

How about other work you will do today. What would prosperity look like in your endeavors today?

What would prosperity look like in a college paper?
What would prosperity look like in cooking dinner for a family of five?
What would prosperity look like in planning a computer network?
What would prosperity look like in a law office, or an operating room, or on a Naval base?
What will you put your hand to today?

Perhaps you are a Pastor, and you are preparing a sermon, or visiting someone in the hospital, or speaking to a group of friend who are mourning the loss of a loved one.

What does prosperity look like in your life?

I pray today that you would embrace this idea of prosperity, and that you would ask the Lord to prosper everything you put your hand to.

There is one other fringe benefit to this prayer. As you ask the Lord to prosper everything you put your hand to, you may find that you will have a much harder time putting your hand to things that you know He would not find pleasure in.

It is would be very difficult to spend a lot of time

walking in the counsel of the wicked,
standing in the path of sinners,
or sitting in the seat of scoffers

when your meditation is on His pleasure.

You see God prospers those endeavors that He takes pleasure in. He smiles on us when we walk in the path He has set before us. [Tweet this]

Enough said.

Don’t be afraid of prosperity.

Ben NelsonThanks for stooping by today.

Shine where you're plugged in.

Ben

%d bloggers like this: